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Pats Try For Five in Brandon

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (17-10-1-0) and Brandon Wheat Kings (21-6-2-0) meet for the second time in three nights and their fourth clash of the season.  The Pats hold a 1-2-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings after a 4-2 win versus their Manitoban rivals Thursday night.  Sam Steel leads the Pats with four points (2G, 2A) against the Wheat Kings while Peter Quenneville continues to be a thorn in the side of the Pats with four points (2G, 2A) in three games.  Coming into tonight’s game the Pats have won four straight games and the Wheat Kings suffered their first regulation loss in five games in Regina.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 7:05 p.m.

Lead Up: Pats Drop Wheat Kings 4-2
Pavel Padakin opened the scoring in the second period with his third straight ‘Teddy Bear Goal’ then Sam Steel and Rykr Cole helped keep the Pats paced ahead of the Wheat Kings the rest of the way.  Peter Quenneville scored twice for the visitors while Jordan Papirny made 37 saves on 40 shots to keep the Wheat Kings within striking distance.  Daniel Wapple won his eighth straight start, turning aside 28 shots.

Monkey off the Back
With their win Wednesday, the Pats snapped a string of eight straight losses to the Wheat Kings (including 2014 Playoffs).  After posting a 3-2-1-0 record versus Brandon through the first six games of the 2013-14 season, the Pats couldn’t find another victory until their 4-2 win.  Now the Blue and White look to turn their fortunes at Westman Place where they haven’t had a victory since February 9th, 2013.

Beating the Best
The Pats haven’t shown much regard for the standings or BMO CHL Rankings of late.  The Queen City Kids have now won three in a row over WHL teams in the Top Ten (MH, KEL, BDN) and in consecutive games beat the Western Conference and Eastern Conference leaders.  At 9-1-0-0, the Pats hold the best record in the WHL in their last ten games.

Consistently Impressive
Sam Steel leads all 16-year old skaters into tonight’s action with 22 points (7G, 15A).  The Sherwood Park, AB product is on a four game point streak with 6 points (3G, 3A) over that stretch.  Wednesday marked the Steel’s first multi-goal game.

Streaks
4 – Morgan Klimchuk has points in four straight games with 6 points (3G, 3A)
4 – Sam Steel has points in four straight games with 6 points (3G, 3A)
4 – Pavel Padakin has points in four straight games with 5 points (3G, 2A)
4 – Braden Christoffer has points in four straight games with 5 points (1G, 4A)

Milestones
Games Played
150 – Dryden Hunt played in his 150th WHL game November 28th at Kamloops

Statistical
200 – Morgan Klimchuk tallied the 200th point of his WHL career November 15th vs. Seattle
5 – Dryden Hunt set a new single game career high for points and assists with five (5A) November 28th at Kamloops
2 – Connor Gay notched his second career hat trick November 28th at Kamloops
2 – Sam Steel registered his first career multi-goal game December 3rd vs. Brandon

Upcoming Schedule
at Swift Current – Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
at Saskatoon – Saturday, December 13th, 7:05 p.m. – SaskTel Centre (CKRM)
vs. Lethbridge – Wednesday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m.  – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

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